In April of 2015 I made the completely insane decision to move to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and teach there in order to expand my skillset. (This is where I needed a guardian angel to come and warn me of the difficult and cumbersome process that I was letting myself in for)
So I have decided to become yours! (A guardian angel that is)
Step 1: Figure out where in Australia you would like to move to (It’s bloody massive)
Step 2: Research the teaching job prospects in that area
Step 3: Apply to the education authority in that region… If you want to teach in more than one; you must apply to them separately and pay a separate fee because in Australia they like to be different.
Step 4: Apply
Step 5: Apply for your ACRO Police Certificate so that you can work with children. This will take roughly 4-6 weeks and pay your fee.
Step 6: Photocopy every document that you have listed in your application… no, really.
Step 7: Get to know someone who can certify your original documents- This is super important because they will be signing each and every document and you will owe them a hug/beer/medal
Step 8: Post it to the address with a tracking number… after all, that’s a lot of confidential information you are sending off about yourself
Step 9: Wait forever, have a sip of water… keep hydrated.
Step 10: Apply for your Working Holiday Visa (pay your fee) and if you are only planning to work in a school DO NOT accidently tick “child care centre/crèche” otherwise you will have to pay an additional fee to get a chest x-ray and getting them to rectify your mistake is a total nightmare- True story!
Step 11: It will get approved. So you can smile here and eat a snack
Step 12: Sign up to ANZUK, Tradewind and Recruitment Online. Oh, and keep an eye on other job sites along with the regions website.
Step 13: Book your flight. I’m a big fan of Skyscanner but it’s your choice
Step 14: Book a hostel for the first 2 weeks of being there so you can figure out where you want to look for a property, meet some friends/new housemate- check out Gumtree and view some properties.
Step 15: Open a bank account from here and transfer money into the account a week before your departure so that you can pick up your bank card at the bank using the letter they provide you with and your passport- on that note… Make sure your passport is in date!
Step 16: Organise your health insurance *sighs*
Step 17: Once in Australia, organise your TFN (Tax File Number) so that you don’t get emergency taxed
Step 18: Look out for your approval to teach from the region you have applied to in the post.
Step 19: Research the regions curriculum, exam papers and qualifications.
Step 20: Update your CV and fire out a cover letter ready to send off for when you get to your destination.
Step 21: Have a glass of wine, call up your parents and ask them to store your belongings in their home for a generous cost of NADA. Merci!
Step 22: Pack… (Don’t know what to pack? Don’t worry, it will be in a separate blog post)
Relocation, relocation, relocation.